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Bruce Beresford on location 'Puberty Blues'
, 1976 (printed 2004)

by Robert McFarlane

gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 50.8 cm x 60.8 cm, image: 40.6 cm x 49.6 cm)

Bruce Beresford (b. 1940), director, studied at Sydney University before moving to London in the early 1960s. He worked as a film editor in Nigeria and for Britain's Film Institute Production Board before teaming with Barry Humphries to make The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (1972) and Barry McKenzie Holds his Own (1974). Successful at the box-office, these scandalous productions were sourly received by critics, but Beresford quickly established himself as a key figure in Australia's film renaissance with such classics as Don's Party (1976), The Getting of Wisdom (1977), Breaker Morant (1980) and The Club (1980). Robert McFarlane's photograph shows Beresford on the set of Puberty Blues (1981). It was the last film he made here before his Hollywood debut, Tender Mercies (1983), which earned him an Oscar nomination for best director. His 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy won four Academy Awards, including best picture - although Beresford himself was notoriously overlooked for nomination in the direction category. His subsequent pictures have included the acclaimed Black Robe (1991), Last Dance (1996), Double Jeopardy (1999) and And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself (2003).

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2003
Accession number: 2003.140